Raiders fans in L.A. not kind to Plunkett
Like all long-time Raider fans, I was saddened to read of the suffering two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim Plunkett is now enduring from the hits he took in his NFL career.
I have to take exception, however, to a comment made by Jim’s wife, Gerry. I found it hard to believe that Raider fans actually cheered for Marc Wilson to replace her husband at quarterback. Then I noticed that the game took place in 1985, when they were playing in Los Angeles. After seeing that, her comment made sense.
But as sorry as those L.A. fans were, they will surely be a cut above what the Raiders can expect to find in Vegas.
Grizzly Fire shows we must heed wildfire threat
The drought is over but the damage has already been done. According to the U.S. Forest Service, between 2010 and 2016, more than 102 million trees died in California. In addition, the wet winter fueled the growth of a significant grass crop. The recent Grizzly Fire is a reminder that this combination may exacerbate this wildfire season.
That’s why Pacific Gas and Electric Company is working with local Fire Safe Councils for the fourth year in a row, providing nearly $2 million in project funding this year to reduce the threat of wildfires.
In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the Diablo Fire Safe Council will use $75,000 in PG&E funding to remove dead and dying trees, remove brush and fund chipping days in communities such as Canyon, El Cerrito, Kensington, Oakland and Sunol.
Each of us can do our part by maintaining defensible space around our homes, creating an evacuation and family communication plan, and assembling an emergency supply kit. You can even download the new Cal Fire ready for wildfire app.
Diablo Fire Safe Council
PG&E East Bay division
Say no to Richmond’s annexation bid
North Richmond residents and the business community must say no to the annexation bid by the city of Richmond and no to the $400 increase in property taxes.
Support the North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council, who say no to the land grab by the city of Richmond.
Dr. Henry Clark,
member, North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council
Another idea for teens have enough rest
Here’s an idea to get teenagers to be awake for first period — take away their shiny little screens they’re addicted to at 8:30 p.m. Have them read “Moby Dick” or “War and Peace.” They will promptly fall asleep and be ready for class the next day.
We need to wake up the brainwashed deniers
Having seen Al Gore’s movie, I need to vent my spleen, so to speak. I looked up the greenhouse level in May 2014. It’s 400 parts per million, at least the highest in 800,000 years; likely 20 million years. The carbon industries have $100 trillion credit balances in the world banking system, based on discovered but still unretrieved reserves.
Like the tobacco companies that hired fake scientists to lie about nicotine causing lung cancer, the climate denying propaganda paid by carbon companies should be a criminal offense. In a hundred years our grandchildren will ask, “What were they thinking?”
Evidently, human’s evolutionary journey has not equipped us to react to such non-local threats. But we all should try to wake up quickly. I always think of the French Resistance vs. the Vichy government as a metaphor for personal involvement. We need to quickly wake up the brainwashed deniers. The propaganda is powerful so it’s not necessary to belittle each other as we try to wake up mankind before the manure hits the fan.